In the Technical Agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs (MMAF), the USAID SEA Project agrees to support Indonesian government in developing and protecting the conservation of marine resources for Indonesian well-being and world sustainable fisheries resources. One element of the program is to help MMAF to strengthen the MPA policy framework regarding MPA design (zoning), development (management planning) and networks through the enhancement of the Ministry of Marine Affairs Regulation No. 30/2010 and No. 13 / 2014. Together with MMAF and Regional Fisheries and Marine Agencies provinces, the USAID SEA Project is developing initial MPA Network designs in three provinces and FMA 715 in the context of the national regulation and objectives.
Several workshops and meetings have been developed by USAID SEA Project in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy as the technical advisors towards the design and development of MPA and MPA networks. In 2018, the provincial stakeholders were oriented to the concept of MPA networks to achieve a common understanding on the process of their design and to link networks to the provincial Marine Spatial Plan. Initial workshops in 2018 conducted together with North Maluku and Maluku led to a very basic, initial design of two provincial networks of MPAs and provided guidance to the zoning of approximately half of the SEA-supported MPAs.
This workshop, focused on the Maluku provincial MPAs, will review the status of initial zoning and design of the five MPAs under development in Maluku province, and finalize the first initial design of the Maluku Network of MPAs. The results will also contribute to the design of the FMA 715 MPA Network of MPAs for Fisheries to be developed in the next year.